Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

David Kertzer ─ The Pope and Mussolini

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

5 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum

A book signing and reception will follow the talk.

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From National Book Award finalist David I. Kertzer comes the gripping story of Pope Pius XI’s secret relations with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. This groundbreaking work, based on seven years of research in the Vatican and Fascist archives, including reports from Mussolini’s spies inside the highest levels of the Church, will forever change our understanding of the Vatican’s role in the rise of Fascism in Europe.

Commentators on the panel will include:

David Kertzer, Faculty Fellow, Paul Dupee University Professor of Social Science and Professor of Anthropology and Italian Studies.

Richard Locke, (moderator) Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute for International Studies and a professor of political science.

Kevin Madigan, Harvard, Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs

Kevin Spicer, Stonehill College, James J. Kenneally Distinguished Professor of History

Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg, Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian Studies

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